Trump: Give Iraq’s oil money to wounded warriors

Susan Jones, CNS News

Donald Trump says he would defeat ISIS by taking over the oil fields the terrorists have seized in Iraq. He would then give the money to the families of soldiers killed in Iraq and to the war’s wounded warriors.

Islamic State bigger threat than Al Qaeda, FBI chief says

FBI Director James Comey told an audience at the Aspen Security Forum that the group, commonly known as ISIS, has influenced a significant number of Americans through a year-long campaign on social media urging Muslims who can’t travel to the Middle East to “kill where you are.” Twitter handles affiliated with the group have more than 21,000 English-language followers worldwide, Comey said, adding that thousands of those could be U.S. residents.

Jindal Rips Paul Over ISIS, Calls Him Unfit for WH

Andrew Desiderio, RCP

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal says Rand Paul is unfit for the presidency after the Kentucky senator blamed Republican “hawks” for the existence and rise of the Islamic State. “ISIS exists and grew stronger because of the hawks in our party who gave arms indiscriminately [to Syrian rebels], and most of those arms were snatched up by ISIS,” the 2016 GOP presidential candidate said on “Morning Joe” Wednesday morning.

Iraqi Shi'ite militia claim leadership of campaign against Islamic State


Iraq's Shi'ite militia announced on Tuesday they had taken charge of the campaign to drive Islamic State from the western province of Anbar, giving the operation an openly sectarian codename that could infuriate its Sunni population.

Islamic State 'seizes key Syria-Iraq border crossing'

BBC News

Islamic State militants have seized the last Syrian government-controlled border crossing between Syria and Iraq, a Syria monitoring group says. Government forces withdrew from al-Tanf - known as al-Waleed in Iraq - crossing as IS advanced. The Obama White House says that fighting the militants will be a "difficult challenge".

ISIS Now Controls 50% of Syria

Greg Botelho, Khushbu Shah and Jethro Mullen, CNN

"They are everywhere." That is the stark observation about ISIS fighters in Palmyra from a 26-year-old resident there, detailing the terrorist group's swift, destructive takeover of yet another city in its quest to brutally expand its caliphate.

Ramadi battle: IS prepares to defend seized Iraqi city

BBC Middle East Bureau

Islamic State militants are preparing to defend the Iraqi city of Ramadi, witnesses say, as Iranian-backed militiamen gather east of the city. The loss of Ramadi, the capital of the western Anbar province, is a blow for both the Iraqi government and US strategy in the area, says the BBC's Jim Muir in Beirut.

Islamic State 'seizes Iraqi city of Ramadi'

Ahmed Maher, BBC

The Iraqi city of Ramadi has fallen to Islamic State (IS) after government forces abandoned their positions, officials say. The police and military made a chaotic retreat after days of intense fighting. But the US refused to confirm the capture, saying the situation was "fluid and contested." Ramadi is the capital of Iraq's largest province, Anbar, and is just 70 miles (112km) west of Baghdad.

US claims to have killed top ISIS leader in raid

The Jerusalem Post

US special forces reportedly killed top ISIS leader in charge of oil, gas and financial operations, during a raid in eastern Syria, the Pentagon and White House said on Saturday. The White House said President Barack Obama ordered the raid that killed the man identified as Abu Sayyaf. White House National Security Council spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan said in a statement that US personnel based out of Iraq conducted the operation in al-Amr in eastern Syria.

Bringing Jihad Home: Not One Single American ISIS Fighter's Passport Has Been Cancelled

In a hearing before the House Foreign Affairs subcommittee, Rep Ron DeSantis (R-FL) asked Ambassador Robert Bradtke if the State Department has cancelled the passports of any U.S. citizens who have joined terrorist groups in Syria and Iraq. Bradtke verified that Secretary of State Kerry does have the authority to revoke passports, but because of “the importance for average Americans of the freedom to travel.  We would only do it also in consultations with law enforcement authorities and we have not yet had any requests from law enforcement authorities to cancel passports of ISIS or foreign fighters.” America's sheriffs and police chiefs, are you listening?

Ramadi's Plight Highlights US-Iraqi Strategic Divide

Jeff Seldin, Voice of America

U.S. defense officials say that in private meetings, Abadi made clear that with Tikrit largely in Iraqi hands, his next focus is Anbar province, an effort which would require more U.S. assistance. But at a Pentagon briefing Thursday, the highest ranking U.S. military official indicated that while Ramadi is already “a humanitarian problem,” U.S. military priorities lie elsewhere.

Islamic State gains ground near capital of Iraq's Anbar province


Islamic State militants gained ground in western Iraq on Wednesday, overrunning several villages on the edge of the capital of Anbar province, police sources and local officials said. Iraqi police came under attack from the insurgents at dawn in Albu Ghanim and withdrew from the area, about 5 km (3 miles) northeast of the provincial capital Ramadi, sending hundreds of families fleeing. Abu Jasim, who left Albu Ghanim soon after it fell early on Wednesday, said the insurgents had set up a checkpoint at the main entrance to the village and planted their black flag there.

Boko Haram pledges allegiance to ISIS

Nima Elbagir, Paul Cruickshank and Mohammed Tawfeeq, CNN

The JV opens a branch in Africa as Boko Haram, the Nigeria-based Islamist terror group, has pledged allegiance to ISIS, according to an audio message purported to be from Boko Haram's leader, Abubakar Shekau.

Islamic State seizes nearly 300 Christian hostages

Anne Barnard, The New York Times

The reports are horrifying, something out of a distant era of ancient conquests: entire villages emptied, with hundreds taken prisoner, others kept as slaves; the destruction of irreplaceable works of art; a tax on religious minorities, payable in gold. Despite being abandoned by Obama, Assyrian Christians said “you can burn the churches but you cannot burn our faiths, and in this faith we will rebuild the churches.”

3 Nabbed in NY, Florida in Plot to Join ISIS

Colleen Long, Associated Press

Three men, Akhror Saidakhmetov and Abdurasul Hasanovich Juraboev of New York and Abror Habibov of Florida were arrested Wednesday on charges of plotting to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group and wage war against the U.S., and federal officials said one of them spoke of attacking President Barack Obama or planting a bomb on Coney Island.

Cruz: President Obama Should Speak The Truth About The Face of Evil

Senator Ted Cruz

Sen. Ted Cruz really nailed it in this must see interview with Fox News' Megyn Kelly last night regarding the threat of radical Islamic terrorism. Link to transcript and video well worth watching.

Is This What Obama Meant By ‘Perverted Islam’?

The big lie in Obama’s speech at the Countering Violent Extremism Summit and his narrative about the global jihad movement’s alleged “selective” use of religious texts to justify its actions is that death for apostasy, stoning to death for adultery, sexual slavery, and everything that goes with it, are not inventions of ISIS, or “violent extremists,” they are right there in the Quran – and in graphic terms that cannot be misunderstood or taken out of context.


Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D., Breitbart

An ISIS report, recovered by Libyan media in January, reveals that the Islamic State would be aiming at Libya “to get to Europe,” overrunning it with migrants to “turn it into hell.” According to the report, ISIS considers “illegal immigration” to be a privileged channel of access to the Old Continent.


Graeme Wood, The Atlantic

The Islamic State is no mere collection of psychopaths. It is a religious group with carefully considered beliefs, among them that it is a key agent of the coming apocalypse. Here’s what that means for its strategy—and for how to stop it.

Letter Thanking Senator Ted Cruz For Telling The Truth About How To Defeat Radical Islam.

YES, please add my name to the list of millions of Americans who want to protect our constitutional liberties and defeat Radical Islam before it destroys our country.

Letter To Senator Ted Cruz: Thank You For Telling The Truth About How To Defeat Radical Islam

The Honorable Ted Cruz
185 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510